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Top 10 U.S States for Residential Solar

Top 10 U.S States for Residential Solar

How does one decide which states are the best for rooftop solar? There’s a plethora of considerations. In terms of overall solar irradiation, the answer is clear: Arizona. It gets more sun than any other state. In terms of capacity already installed on residences, California has the most and New Jersey has the second most.


IKEA Builds Largest Solar Roof in South Florida

Last week, IKEA, a Swedish company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, announced its plans to install solar panels on the roof of its new Miami-Dade-area store under construction in Sweetwater, FL. Pending permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in several months, with opening in summer 2014. The array will be the


Treehouse’s One-Stop Shop for Solar

Few people walk into a car dealership and ask to see all of the 2.0 liter engines or only the 200 horsepower cars. Those technical specs are important, but most people shop by model, price or features. Yet homeowners that want to install solar panels often find themselves buried in a mound of technical details


FUTUREWATCH: Invisible Wind Turbines

Testing has begun on the innovative mini-wind-turbine blade designed by the famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano and developed in partnership with Enel Green Power, an Italian multinational renewable energy corporation, at the Molinetto test field, in the Province of Pisa. The new slim-line, two-blade turbine is less visible than the traditional three-blade design, to the


FUTUREWATCH: Nanoparticle Ink to Paint Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that abundant materials in the Earth’s crust—zinc and phosphorus—can be used to make nanoparticles for solar cell manufacturing. These nanoparticles will enable cheaper production of solar cells using mass manufacturing methods like roll-to-roll printing or spary-coating with nanoparticle-based ‘inks’. The discovery, several years in the making, is


Electric Car Throwdown: BMW vs. Tesla

Tesla motors has company in the luxury electric vehicle market. BMW recently revealed its first mass-produced electric vehicle, dubbed the BMW i3. According to Business Insider, this futuristic-looking two-door coup will hit the U.S. market in 2014 and retail for $41,000. That’s significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model S electric car, which starts at a


Top 5 Greenest European Cities

Building a sustainable future for our planet has become increasingly important and over the years countries all over the world have taken it upon themselves to make green living a priority, completely rejuvenating towns and cities, providing an eco-friendly life for all. For some people this means not driving their cars as often, or washing


The World’s 10 Greenest Ski Resorts

Aspen Skiing Company The ASC or Aspen Skiing company is the leader in making environment friendly skiing experience. They own four mountains in the Aspen region named- Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. They started early on their mission of creating environment friendly skiing resorts. They use wind power for running their establishment and have


Top 10 U.S Eco Cities

With Earth Day just around the corner, Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker, today announced a ranking of the country’s top 10 cities with the greenest homes. The Redfin analysis looked at each city’s overall carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the number of homes currently for sale that have “green” features or eco-friendly ratings.


The Solar Elevator Has Arrived

The last place you want to be when the power goes out is stuck in an elevator, and although you’ve probably never thought about it, wouldn’t it be much safer if it was powered by renewable energy? Schindler, one of the biggest manufacturers of elevators, is marketing a solar-powered elevator starting this year. Drawing power from roof-top


The 7 Biggest Solar Myths

1.  Solar energy is too expensive. According to SunRun, 97% of Americans overestimate the upfront cost of going solar.  Since the price of PV has been declining, solar energy is more affordable than ever. There are federal and state incentives in place today that give the technology the chance to grow, while making solar energy


POWER Magazine Lists Top Renewable Energy Facilities

POWER magazine—the definitive information source for the power generation market—compiles an annual list of noteworthy renewable power plants worldwide, that are profiled in the December issue. The winning power plants are presented with awards the following May at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition. This year’s award-winning renewable Top Plants, as shared in a press release,